Turner Memorial Scholarship
On August 25, 2018, Justin Turner went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 40, after being hit by a car while cycling. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Justin began his career with PepsiCo, where he was a committed employee for 18 years. Justin was a faithful husband to Brooke and a loving father to their children, Samuel Vaughn, Selah Grace and Hannah Brooks. A godly man of great character, Justin served as a deacon at Northeast Presbyterian Church and walked selflessly by his wife’s side through her battle with breast cancer. He is most remembered for always having a smile and a kind word to say to everyone he met.
Brooke Turner was called home by her Savior on February 2, 2020. Brooke earned a degree in financial management from Clemson University and joined GE’s corporate audit staff. After her marriage, Brooke left the corporate world and became a wedding and family photographer, building lasting relationships with clients and sharing the most special days of their lives. She most recently served as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Northeast Presbyterian Church. Brooke treated the world as her mission field, and her love for the Lord was evident in all she did.
In 2015, Brooke was diagnosed with breast cancer, an illness she fought valiantly for years while working in the ministry and raising her beloved children. She felt “cocooned in God’s grace” even as she faced chemotherapy and lost her earthly rock, Justin, unexpectedly in 2018. Brooke found true joy in Jesus and set an example for those around her in how to suffer with faith and mourn with hope. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her and many who prayed for her from afar, but we rejoice in her full healing and nearness to her Creator.
Just weeks before Justin’s untimely death, the Turners felt called to enroll their children at Ben Lippen School. Brooke wrote the following note upon enrollment: “For our family, Ben Lippen isn’t merely a school but a place of peace and security for our children, because it is a place where Jesus is exalted. As my future is uncertain, it brings me great peace to know that no matter what my children will be taught to run to Jesus with their pain.” This scholarship is built upon the Turners’ understanding of the importance and impact of Kingdom education in the lives of young people, and their desire to keep their children at Ben Lippen School.